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Over 2.2 billion cents struck

Cent output in the first quarter of calendar year 2018 passed the 2.2 billion mark. Production numbers of the other denominations are far, far behind. Dimes rank second with 495 million pieces, barely beating the quarter total of 493.714 million. … Continue reading

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PNG awards scholarship

There is no such thing as a free lunch according to economics texts. Michigan State University economics major Andrew Blinkiewicz might want to revise that. He has been selected by the Professional Numismatists Guild to receive its 2018 Young Numismatist … Continue reading

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Ryder takes director’s oath

New Mint Director David J. Ryder was sworn in April 12 by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. He is the 39th director, the Mint said. However, like Grover Cleveland’s two terms as President, Ryder has held the post before. The … Continue reading

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Community Voice Responses (May 8, 2018)

From the Apr. 13 Numismatic News E-Newsletter: Will Confederate coins on display attract attendees to the ANA convention in Philadelphia? Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.   I thought of voting “Yes.” But … Continue reading

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Letters to the Editor (May 8, 2018)

Breast Cancer Awareness gold $5s have nice color I bought both uncirculated and proof pink $5 coins. I bought both of them because I am a collector. I did not get them to support the cause and I did not … Continue reading

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Wisconsin’s turn for a new quarter

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter was formally released April 11 at a special ceremony in Red Cliff, Wis. “Just as the guiding light beacons from the Devils Island lighthouse – as it has done for decades – the Apostle … Continue reading

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1896-S Barber quarter value tops 1913-S in MS-65

Recognition is perhaps late in coming, but the 1896-S Barber quarter has always been a good date. Why it has been overlooked for so long with its mintage at just 188,039 is a very good question. The answer begins with … Continue reading

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Mint charged face value for proofs

Early in the U.S. Mint’s history, collectors could visit to buy proof coins over the counter. What did the mint charge? Proof coins were sold directly to collectors by the Mint at face value through 1859. Coins were available individually … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Is Morgan’s eagle an error coin?

By Steve McGowan In the first quarter of 1878, a change was made on the design and depiction of the American Bald Eagle for the Morgan silver dollar. In Q. David Bowers 5th edition book on the Fabled Coin, various … Continue reading

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Central States mourns Lockwood

Numismatic Ambassador Ray Lockwood died March 29 at the age of 79. The Marion, Ind., numismatist was given the award jointly with his wife Fran on April 24, 1999, at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Milwaukee. Mr. Lockwood … Continue reading

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